Members of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team joined at the state capitol on February 16 in the annual gavel ceremony inside the Blue Room. Governor Mary Fallin helped conduct the ceremony, first honoring incoming Chair John Curzon and presenting him with the chair’s gavel, made by the woodworking class at Mustang High School.

Curzon, partner at CCK Strategies,PLLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, steps into the group’s top role after a year serving as vice chair.

“Oklahoma is an international destination for tourism, educational partnerships and global businesses,” Curzon said upon taking up the chairmanship. “The Oklahoma Governor’s International Team is a prime resource in fostering these relationships across a wide range of sectors.  The members of the OKGIT represent all aspects of international engagement, including industry and commerce, education, non-profit, cultural and diplomatic interests.  The OKGIT is at the epicenter of international activities impacting the citizens of Oklahoma and we strive to be ambassadors to the world in sharing the strength and heritage of Oklahoma, a role I look forward to continuing to champion  as chair for the coming year.”

Robertson, executive director at the Oklahoma Israel Exchange, stepped down after her one year tenure at the helm.

“I think our biggest accomplishment was the consular summit, with nine consular offices representing their countries,” said Robertson.  “Also a large hurdle was keeping our momentum after the loss of our long-time Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Miller.”

Governor Fallin thanked Robertson and Curzon for their leadership of a group of Oklahomans focused on developing international ties.

“The OKGIT is a diverse group of individuals from across Oklahoma representing private business, state offices, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and members of the honorary consular corp, all working to expand opportunities for Oklahoma internationally.  We also serve as the ‘face of Oklahoma’ with incoming dignitaries from around the globe who are looking to expand their current operations or are considering doing business with the state,” said Robertson.

The OKGIT brings together business people, members of government at the local, state and federal levels, educators from kindergarten all the way through to post graduate studies, and international, cultural and other non profit organizations. Its members are as diverse as the interests they serve, but committed to a prosperous and globally focused Oklahoma.

(Top photo: Governor Mary Fallin and the executive members of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team.)

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